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Please help me determine which card is better in the 7950 series

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September 13, 2013 9:32:37 AM

Out of these two cards?? Don't worry about price point. MSI is actually $239 after rebate on another site but doesn't com with 3 games like the gigabyte. Just talking performance of these two and overclocked

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September 13, 2013 9:38:35 AM

I'd go with the GIGABYTE card, it may be slightly worse than the other, but it's so minimal I'd say you're better off saving the 100 dollars.
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September 13, 2013 9:54:35 AM

I have a pair of the Gigabyte HD 7950's in Crossfire. They are the rev. 2 cards that are voltage locked. These will top out around 1100-1150 core and 1500 ram. Gigabyte's WindForce 3 cooler is also a very good cooler, with a good performance/noise ratio. And the new version comes with a VRM heatsink, while the rev 1 cards did not.

So in a nutshell, you will be able to get a mild OC pretty safely out of the Gigabyte cards, and with good longevity. AND getting 3 free games is also nice. ;) 

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If getting the MAX OC possible is your goal, I would recommend the Sapphire or HIS versions of these cards as they are unlocked and have great coolers. Unfortunately, I know little about the MSI card, so I don't know how it compares. But if it is unlocked and has a good cooler like Saphire or HIS, then it would also be a good pick.
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September 13, 2013 9:57:44 AM

maddogfargo said:
I have a pair of the Gigabyte HD 7950's in Crossfire. They are the rev. 2 cards that are voltage locked. These will top out around 1100-1150 core and 1500 ram. Gigabyte's WindForce 3 cooler is also a very good cooler, with a good performance/noise ratio. And the new version comes with a VRM heatsink, while the rev 1 cards did not.

So in a nutshell, you will be able to get a mild OC pretty safely out of the Gigabyte cards, and with good longevity. AND getting 3 free games is also nice. ;) 

However...

If getting the MAX OC possible is your goal, I would recommend the Sapphire or HIS versions of these cards as they are unlocked and have great coolers. Unfortunately, I know little about the MSI card, so I don't know how it compares. But if it is unlocked and has a good cooler like Saphire or HIS, then it would also be a good pick.


To add onto this, the GIGABYTE card already has a built in 100MHz OC vs a Stock 7950 card.

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September 13, 2013 10:04:18 AM

P1nnacle said:
maddogfargo said:
I have a pair of the Gigabyte HD 7950's in Crossfire. They are the rev. 2 cards that are voltage locked. These will top out around 1100-1150 core and 1500 ram. Gigabyte's WindForce 3 cooler is also a very good cooler, with a good performance/noise ratio. And the new version comes with a VRM heatsink, while the rev 1 cards did not.

So in a nutshell, you will be able to get a mild OC pretty safely out of the Gigabyte cards, and with good longevity. AND getting 3 free games is also nice. ;) 

However...

If getting the MAX OC possible is your goal, I would recommend the Sapphire or HIS versions of these cards as they are unlocked and have great coolers. Unfortunately, I know little about the MSI card, so I don't know how it compares. But if it is unlocked and has a good cooler like Saphire or HIS, then it would also be a good pick.


To add onto this, the GIGABYTE card already has a built in 100MHz OC vs a Stock 7950 card.



Correct, out the box I see Gigabyte being probably better. Thing is I cannot locate any info on this Sapphire card anywhere. All I know is the PCB is based on the 7970 version. I don know if its volt locked or not. I just thought how weird for a single fan GPU but someone recommended it.
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September 13, 2013 10:08:15 AM

glenquagmire said:
P1nnacle said:
maddogfargo said:
I have a pair of the Gigabyte HD 7950's in Crossfire. They are the rev. 2 cards that are voltage locked. These will top out around 1100-1150 core and 1500 ram. Gigabyte's WindForce 3 cooler is also a very good cooler, with a good performance/noise ratio. And the new version comes with a VRM heatsink, while the rev 1 cards did not.

So in a nutshell, you will be able to get a mild OC pretty safely out of the Gigabyte cards, and with good longevity. AND getting 3 free games is also nice. ;) 

However...

If getting the MAX OC possible is your goal, I would recommend the Sapphire or HIS versions of these cards as they are unlocked and have great coolers. Unfortunately, I know little about the MSI card, so I don't know how it compares. But if it is unlocked and has a good cooler like Saphire or HIS, then it would also be a good pick.


To add onto this, the GIGABYTE card already has a built in 100MHz OC vs a Stock 7950 card.



Correct, out the box I see Gigabyte being probably better. Thing is I cannot locate any info on this Sapphire card anywhere. All I know is the PCB is based on the 7970 version. I don know if its volt locked or not. I just thought how weird for a single fan GPU but someone recommended it.


It looks like they did some tweaking on base specs, it apparently ramps up to 925 MHz max, but I'm of the notion all the other specs are probably the same. Price to Performance the GIGABYTE is definitely the way to go.
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